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Opening Shot | Jan. 22, 2020

HOP TO IT. The 7th Annual Eau Claire Improv Festival (Jan. 18 at The Metro) featured Chicago’s Second City group performing “Immediate Musical” (a whole musical based on one audience suggestion), along with Memorial High School Improv, Shambles, and Minneapolis-based Glassworks Improv.

Sunny Skies CBD in Durand Says the Future Looks Bright for the New Industry

On Durand’s Main Street you can catch a glimpse of what could be a big part of rural Wisconsin’s future: There, just past the City Hill, across the street from the Courier-Wedge newspaper office, and next door to the RoosterTail Bar & Grill, is the headquarters of Sunny Skies CBD ...

Hear It From the People

we talked to some real CBD users about why they use it

“I started using CBD products a couple of months ago. The effects have been outstanding. It has helped immensely with inflammation and joint pain. I recently moved to a new house, and as ...

The FAQ on CBD

everything you wanted to know about CBD, but didn't know who to ask

CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD is one of more than 100 identified cannabinoids. In recent years, it has been promoted ...

Gehrke’s Long Career the Subject of Library Exhibit

When sculptor, painter, and woodworker Robert Gehrke died last year at age 68, the Chippewa Valley lost one of its longstanding artistic icons. Gehrke, an Eau Claire native, made his living as ...

A Carnival of Kid-Friendly Music

Chamber Orchestra concert features locally penned poems

The Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra will perform Camille Saint-Saen’s Carnival of the Animals, one of the French composer’s best-known works, at its annual free ...

He’s Not Alone

Miles Blvd explores isolation on new ep

Isolation can be a dangerous place for an artist to reside, but an update from isolation from a local hip-hop artist makes it clear he is back and better than ever. Miles Blvd is a locally sourced hip-hop project from ...

Women’s Business Center Gets $15k Grant

The Western Wisconsin Women’s Business Center has received a $15,000 grant to help female business owners and entrepreneurs in the Chippewa Valley. The funds come via the CLA Foundation, an arm of ...

Pablo Joins Program for Families in Need

A program that allows families facing economic needs to receive discounted memberships to the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire has been extended to the Pablo Center at the Confluence as well. Families in the museum’s “Play-For-All” program – which is open to families with ...

Weld Unopposed for New Presidential Term

Terry Weld will run unopposed for re-election to a three-year term as Eau Claire City Council president. Weld, who was elected to the position last April, was the only candidate to file the necessary paperwork to get his name on the April 7 ballot ...

Wanna Design the New Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest Logo?

It might not yet be spring, but the Chippewa Falls Chamber of Commerce is looking ahead to autumn and all its beer-tasting, brat-savoring, nail-hammering excitement. The organizers of Chippewa ...

The Weird Reality of Fantasy Football

for good and ill, fantasy leagues give fans new insights into victory and defeat

One day I was listening to The Bill Michaels Show on the radio, and Michaels related a story from his younger days in sports media. Talking about having nerves while preparing to ask a question of ...

Ski Dooing It

aka, the Snowmobile Super Jump Master chronicles

Like many of you (the awesome ones), I’m very happy we have plenty of snow this year. I hope we get more. We need it. But not just for our own frosty fun. We need it for an often overlooked, yet crucial ...

Best Night 2020: February 8

a celebratory night of food, art, entertainment, and more

A creative, dynamic, and interactive cocktail party, Volume One’s Best Night is back for its third year. It’ll be a celebratory evening of food, drinks, music, technology, art, and camaraderie held in the ...

Beyond the Soul

Mike Doughty of Soul Coughing to perform at The Plus

The force behind seminal ’90s band Soul Coughing, Mike Doughty, is an accomplished solo artist and author, and he’ll tell your future at The Plus. Doughty, along with long time ...

It’s Game Over, Man

UWEC's annual cabaret has a gaming theme

UW-Eau Claire has hosted Cabaret, a huge showcase of campus musical talent, annually since 1978. Each year features a different theme, but it’s always ...

Chicken Dreams

CF author turns bedtime story into published work

Christopher Thielen, an engineer from Chippewa Falls, recently self-published his first children’s book, The Chicken from Czechoslovakia. The story was originally told by Thielen to his four (now adult) children ...

Terribly Close to Home

book details women’s KKK history in Chippewa Falls

John E. Kinville was apprehensive while writing his book. “There was a part of me thinking, ‘Do I really want myself associated with the Ku Klux Klan for the rest of my life?’ ” he said. Kinville’s book ...

Facing the Unknown

Hemma’s latest EP sparkles in lifelong musical journey

The way Hannah Hebl talks about music makes you believe she knows something that the rest of us don’t. She doesn’t just play music, she metaphysically embodies it. In her world, music is elemental ...

Wedding Photo Story: Honoring Family, Celebrating the Future

Chippewa Valley Residents Blong and Pang Hang were married at the Swan Door Barn in Wisconsin Dells. They were also married at Pang’s parent’s home. Their two weddings celebrated their Hmong heritage, integrating traditional wedding ...

5 Things You Must Tell Your Wedding Guests

The basics are easy: who, what, where, when, and WHY. But don’t forget to make sure your guests are prepared to celebrate with you by making sure all their questions are answered ...

Singing a New Song

brand new local choir preps their first concert

A new community choir has recently started up in Eau Claire, offering yet another great opportunity for people to raise their voices in a musical ensemble. Kate Larson, an Altoona native who recently returned ...

On the Cover | Jan. 22, 2020

learn more about the current issue's cover art from Janice Roberts

“When drawing I love to create textures and experiment with different techniques or media combinations. To me, dark values comprised of tightly grouped small strokes provide more depth and interest ..."